Triple T #2: Play With This Toys and Collectibles

What’s going on folks? In our second edition of Triple T, I’ll be focusing on Play With This Toys and Collectibles. Walking through the store, it was clear that this would be an excellent location for Triple T.

If you aren’t familiar with Triple T, it is short for Time Traveling Today and shows some of the original ads/photos of older toys you may find in a lot of shops today. With that in mind, let’s get started!

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Photo by Stephen Huff

First up we have the Robo Force Command Patroller. Check out this 1984 TV Ad or the command patroller uploaded by YouTube user D Heine

Next up we have Voltron Defenders of the Universe. With a reboot of the show currently on Netflix, it is interesting to look at the original ads for Voltron.

 

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In this ad uploaded by YouTube user Australian Television Archive, the skull tank and other figures are shown in the advertisement.

 

Lastly, we have this Batman “Surf’s Up Joker” Variant figure.

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Photo by Stephen Huff

Based off of the classic Batman show, it is one of the most ridiculous segments of TV. Rather than showing an advertisement for the toy, I think it would be best to just show the clip from the show uploaded by YouTube user IBatman1966I. If you’ve seen it already, you know that you could watch it for days. If you haven’t, please enjoy the clip.

Take a trip to Play With This Toys

Located in Merchantville, NJ, Play With This Toys and it’s owner Scott have been a fixture in New Jersey’s toy collecting community for quite some time.

Retro Station’s owner Jerry likened Scott’s success, as well as that of Frankenstein Comic’s owner Bill Bead, as to having the “Willy Wonka Quotient.”

In that time, Scott has accumulated a vast and impressive collection of toys. To give you guys a small taste, the store’s inventory includes Star Wars, Transformers, Batman, GI Joe, Godzilla, Ultraman and more.

Not only does Play With This Toys contain a wide array of toys, but what impressed me as well is the depth of the collection. Walking through the store almost feels like walking through a museum in that you can all sorts of different toys from different time periods.

Take, for instance, all the different Batman toys on display in the store.

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Adding on to this, the store’s Star Wars collection goes above and beyond figures, including everything from books to mugs and even patches.

For more photos of the store, you can either scroll down or check out our Facebook/Instagram page here.

Recap: Camden Comic Con

What’s going on everybody?

Today I had the chance to go to Camden Comic Con and I had a blast there. As somebody who is a college student, I appreciated the fact that it didn’t cost anything to get in and that a lot of the vendors had fair prices. In addition to picking up some comics, stickers, and a Stranger Things print, I snagged a ton of photos of vendors for you guys.

Unfortunately, due to having a boat load of schoolwork on my plate, I only really had enough time to check out the vendor hall. Hopefully next year I’ll have more time to check out everything else that was available at the convention.

There was plenty of cool stuff on display in the vendor hall, and I found a lot of people that I hope to talk to and share their stories with you guys in the near future. I have a few other photos, but I’m trying to double check the specifics on who the vendors are. before posting those. Enjoy the photos below guys, and be sure to check out the different vendor’s/artist’s stores/social media pages. Peace!

Conquest Comics

Located on 659 Route 9 in Bayville, NJ, this store had an absolutely massive amount of Funko Pops for sale.

Website: www.ConquestComics.com   Email: Conquestcomics@Yahoo.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConquestComics/

Dumb Bows

Mentioned in an interview post here, Dumb Bows had a nice collection of merchandise at the convention.

Facebook: facebook.com/DumbBows 

Etsy: etsy.com/shop/DumbBows

Ryan G. Browne

One of the artists whose stuff I really enjoyed, Browne had a variety of items including prints, pins, and more up for sale. For myself, I bought a Stranger Things print and really enjoyed a Calvin and Hobbes one he had for sale as well. Check out the online site to see the prints available for sale.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ryangbrowneart/

Email: zombiepetz@gmail.com

Storenvy: ryanbrowne.storenvy.com

The Encounter Comics & Games

Located on 811 Union Blvd. in Allentown, PA, The Encounter Comics & Games was a godsend for a college student like me. They offered discounted hats, graphic novels, and more at the convention, and I managed to pick up two novels for $10.

Facebook: facebook.com/EncounterComics

Frankenstein Comics

Located next to Retro Station in Woodbury, NJ, Frankenstein Comics had a ton of comics set up at the show. I picked up several comics from the dollar box, including a copy of Flaming Carrot Comics.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrankensteinComics/

Website: http://www.frankensteincomics.com/

Stronge Designs

With a variety of merchandise such as prints and shirts, Stronge Designs caught my eye as I walked around the convention hall. Shout out to the Pokemon designs, as well as the Edgar Allen Poe.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/strongedesigns/

Website: strongedesigns.com

Plunder Palace

Mentioned in a previous post, Plunder Palace was also set up at the convention. Among the inventory available was comics, wrestling figures, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plunderpalacecollectibles/

All Things Fun!

All Things Fun had one of my favorite items at the event, with that being the Joker shades that they had.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllThingsFun/

Website: http://allthingsfun.net/

All Things Videos Games

Had I not spent a good amount of money already, I may have picked up some of the plushes that were for sale. I think I overheard one of the guys working the table saying that they had a One Punch Man figure for sale earlier too, so I may have to visit the store to check that out.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allthingsvideogamesnj/

Website: http://allthingsvideogames.com/

Mark Holmes

Holmes is involved with a comic series called Femforce. According to Holmes, this was the first series to feature an all-female superhero team. As you guys can probably imagine, this caught my attention and is something that I will be trying to update you guys on in the future.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/femforce/

Take a Trip to Retro Station

Located next door to Frankenstein Comics in Woodbury, NJ, Retro Station is a treasure trove of older collectibles. Retro Station’s inventory spans across all aspects of pop culture, with items from franchises such as GI Joe, Star Wars, and The Wizard of Oz.

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Photo by Stephen Huff

Retro Station is an interesting case to me because of how the store has evolved over the years. According to owner Jerry DeMaio, the first inception of Retro Station in a brick and mortar fashion was in a 100 sq. ft. space in Mullica Hill, NJ. The store would go on to move to a slightly bigger space and then to where there the store is currently located now.

With the extra space that they have, Retro Station has rented out a portion of the store to Raiders of the Lost Toys. The addition of Raiders of the Lost Toys is interesting in that it allows Retro Station’s store to cover a wider timeline of toys, with Raiders of the Lost Toys focusing on newer toys.

Retro Station also features a section of toys specifically for girls, something which isn’t  found in most stores according to DeMaio.

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Photo by Stephen Huff

Adding onto this, Retro Station also has a music section with vinyl records from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, and KISS, as well as various types of guitars for sale.

For more on Retro Station, check out the video and photo gallery below.

 

 

 

 

Triple T #1 (Time Traveling Today)

Hello folks,

Considering a lot of what I’m covering involves looking at older toys and action figures, I figured that it would be fun to check out some advertisements for those products from back in the day. With that in mind, let’s go back in time!

Adventureland

Showcased in a post last week, Adventureland has a section of the store dedicated to older toys. While it may be a small part of the store, that section is home to a lot of history. In addition to the Cyclops visor toy that I enjoyed, the store also had some of The Uncanny X-Men action figures on display.

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Photo by Stephen Huff

YouTube user wtcvidman uploaded a video of an original advertisement for The Uncanny X-Men action figures.

Retro Station

Located next door to Frankenstein Comics, Retro Station is a treasure trove of classic goodies. In addition to franchises such as Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz, Retro Station also carries GI Joe toys. One example of these are the GI Joe Adventure Team toys seen in the background of the photo below.

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Photo by Stephen Huff

This ad, uploaded by YouTube user AllClassicVideo, highlights the “Kung Fu Grip,” that these toys have.

Plunder Palace

A relatively new store located in Cherry Hill, NJ, Plunder Palace is home to a bevy of older comics, toys, and records.  In addition to all of this, there is a Tekken Tag Tournament arcade machine within the store

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Photo by Stephen Huff

Here is an advertisement for the PS2 version of the game, uploaded by YouTube user rocbolt.